April 2017

CFP: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational

H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational
London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2

23 September 2017

Close friends and – at times – bitter rivals, H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw stood in the public mind for the belief that men and women could be persuaded by rational argument to support Fabian socialism, scientific and industrial development, and world citizenship. They took up controversial and often conflicting positions on internationalism and revolution (especially the Russian revolution), war, feminism, democracy, human rights and much else. But there are limits to rationalism in both writers’ thought. Continue reading “CFP: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational”


Victorians and their Dragons

It’s St. George’s Day! And, to celebrate, I thought I’d bring you another post in the style of ‘Victorians and their Dogs’ and ‘Victorians and their Cats’, only this time we’ll be celebrating ‘Victorians and their Dragons’. Please remember: a dragon is for life, not just for St. George’s Day.

Co-written with @DrDouglasSmall – funny man, academic, and researcher of Victorian drugs.  Continue reading “Victorians and their Dragons”

Movie Night: Titanic (Shut up, it totally counts as *long* nineteenth century’)

For those of you who follow my good buddy  @bizarrevictoria, you’ll know that we like to unwind after a long semester by watching bad Victorian movies and good-naturedly ripping them to shreds for your amusement. We’ve recently roasted such cinematic classics as Dracula 2000Vanity Fair (2004), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and The Raven (2012). Then we got word that our colleague @DrDouglasSmall had never seen Titanic. THIS SHALL NOT STAND, sayeth I, and so Douglas was duly taped to a chair and made to endure all 3hrs 15mins of melodramatic, iceberg-tastic, Celine-Dion-athon.

You can check out the results over at BizarreVictoria’s page.

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Tuesday 5 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University
The simultaneous awareness of past and present evident in historical crime fiction seems to offer a means of gaining a new perspective on the present through the past.” – John Scaggs (2005: 134)
Confirmed Keynote: Dr Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University)
Confirmed Keynote: Frances Brody (Author)


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